Storm is getting ready for hunting season.  She is getting in shape doing some retrieving.  From the time our dogs are small, they are taught to bring whatever they are sent to retrieve back to the person who sent them.  Usually that is hubby.  Last weekend Storm was trying to do her job, but quickly had to make a course change.

This is how it happened.

Hubby sent Storm to retrieve a training bumper from the pond.

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Storm Is Eager To Retrieve The Bumper from The Pond

In no time Storm had the bumper.

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Storm Has The Bumper And Is Headed Back

But then Storm noticed that hubby had moved from where he was standing so she made a course change.

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Storm Makes A Course Change

As she swam, Storm noticed hubby had completely moved from his starting position so she changed course again and swam a little faster.

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Why Is He Way Over There?

Hubby had gone over to pick up the bumpers we used for a blind retrieve for Freighter, but Storm did not know that.  All she knew was that hubby was in a different spot.

Storm is not a fan of long swims.  She likes to get in the pond, get the bumper, and get out.  Bless her heart.  Storm knew that if she was going to deliver the bumper to hubby, it meant she needed to swim all the way across the pond and swim she did.

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Storm Heading Across The Pond To Bring Hubby The Bumper

But Storm is also a smart dog.  When she noticed that hubby was walking back, she again made a course change.  I think she figured he was going back to his original spot so she turned again.

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Storm Decides To Make Another Course Change

When Storm finally got back on solid ground, she had to find hubby because he was still not in the spot where he started.

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Storm Finally Found Hubby Over By The Winger

It took a few course changes, but Storm finally delivered the bumper.

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Storm Delivers The Bumper

Have your dogs ever had to make a change in course?

5 thoughts on “Storm Makes A Course Change

  1. It is amazing, even at a distance, how aware the dogs are about humans whereabouts. Working along the river, I would move upstream until I found a lower bank for the senior girl to leave the water. She always angled over with
    her retrieve. Training and instinct?

  2. They made you work for that one, Storm, you must have been worn out that night! 🙂
    Cricket gets over excited when playing ball sometimes, and she’ll run off in the direction she thinks I’m going to throw the ball. So sometimes I’ll deliberately throw it in a different direction instead – just to keep her on her toes!

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